Tag Archive for autism

Social Baby

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I recently had an amazing experience with my baby.  His eyes met mine, and stayed there!  I’m used to him looking away quickly, so with our busy schedule, I tend to look on to the next thing after he looks at me.  But this time he continued looking at me. I don’t remember us ever gazing…

Working Toward Recovery

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I came across this blog post, and while I haven’t read the article mentioned, this post strikes a few chords with me, from diagnosis to recovery. If you aren’t educated about special needs, you may think nothing can be done about congenital conditions.  I am so grateful to learn so many developmental challenges can be…

The Earliest Signs

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I recently took the baby to a neurologist after receiving concerns from more than one of his providers that he may have something neurological going on.  Unfortunately, it turned out to be a negative experience.  Instead of focusing on the symptom at hand, he brought up the family history of Autism, assumed that was the…

Special Friends

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In the same week, I came across two helpful articles about the same important topic: maintaining friendships with people with special needs. The first was from TACA (Talking About Curing Autism).  They offered help in educating children about children with special needs, and emphasized the importance of forming friendships.  They had practical advice in what…

Reading Yourself Into Guilt

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Every once in a while, I come across an article speculating on an environmental factor that may play a role in causing Autism.  Sometimes I avoid reading it.  It’s just such a sensitive topic, how my choices may have forever made my child’s life more difficult.  I’m not saying we shouldn’t look into it.  Not…

Team Kate

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You’ve probably heard about this heart-warming story already since it has been all over the media recently; unsuspecting businessman sits next to little girl with autism on 3 hour flight and rather than be annoyed or irritated by her behavior, he embraces it, engages her and even helps to calm her when it all becomes…

Baby Grad

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My baby graduated from his Early Intervention Program!  It’s designed for infants up to one year old, so it was time to move on.  But it’s not an easy thing to do. Week after week, we sang to and bonded with incredible babies.  Not only are they adorable and loving, but they work hard to…

DIY Weighted Blanket Tutorial

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My baby’s occupational therapists suspect he is comforted by deep pressure.  When I give him compressions, he smiles, so he definitely doesn’t dislike it.  We thought he might sleep better if he had some pressure on him while sleeping.  So, I looked into a weighted blanket.  The more I thought about it, I realized even…

The Lingo

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I imagine it’s awkward being a friend or relative to a family with special needs.  There are so many questions, and the parents may not have all the answers.  You can read articles about the diagnosis, but that won’t describe every child. I’m still new to the special needs community, and have to really pay…

Scholarships

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Our special needs have required me to stay home, and us to pay for additional expenses.  Not a very economical combination.  I have now entered the world of scholarships. I never really applied for them in high school.  I was ignorant, without good guidance or much experience.  Now, I apply for each one I come…